Who have been influential in your life and why?
I would not be who I am today without the influence of my father or Yiayia (grandmother). My father is the definition of integrity. He raised my brother and myself on his own while running a successful business and taking care of two elderly, sick parents. My Yiayia was my best friend, sister, mother and my everything. She stepped in as a mother figure for my brother and I as she battled seven different types of cancers. Not once did she ever complain, she just always told me, “you are not given anything you cannot handle.”
I wouldn’t be who I am today without these two amazing individuals.
Outside of work, what do you like to do?
There’s no better experience than traveling. When someone tells me they are going to a new place, I want to be able to say “you have to go here or try this.” The list goes on and on but I am hoping the next destination will be South Africa, Morocco, Thailand or Australia. I enjoy sporting events but only when it means cheering on the Steelers, Florida State or the Chicago Bulls. I’m all over the place, I get it. Oh and I am also obsessed with quoting movies…it’s basically my super power.
Drink or food of choice?
I will never say no to Mac & Cheese, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, a full bodied Malbec.
What is the best gift you ever received for your birthday?
Being surprised with orchids & roses on my 23rd& 26th birthday.
If there was one brand you would love to work with, which one and why?
Nike is a brand that has inspired people for over 50 years. The brand’s motto is to bring inspiration and innovation to any athlete. It believes if you have a body, you are an athlete. Plus (culture aside…I swear), I like the hidden message of the company’s branding. You may not know but the Nike “swoosh” resembles a wing and takes its name from Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. Who doesn’t want to be part of a victory?